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  • ‘Ancient slavery, modern perspectives’. Invited speaker for Stenton Symposium on War, women and slavery from the Classical world to the Twentieth Century, University of Reading, Reading, 22 November 2012.
  • 'Harvesting the Sea: The exploitation of marine resources in the Roman Mediterranean’. Workshop, Centre for Economic History, University of Reading, Reading, 23 November 2012.
  • ‘Villas as Instigators and Indicators of Economic Growth’. Invited speaker for conference on Structural Determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman world, Roman Society Research Centre (VUB/UGent). Brussels. 4 -5 June 2012.
  • ‘What archaeology cannot tell us’. Invited speaker for symposium Empire in Crisis. The Centre for Institutional Performance, Henley Business School & the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Reading, 4 November 2011.
  • ‘From agriculture to aquaculture: The variety of villa exploitation’. Invited speaker for conference Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World. Roman Society Research Centre (VUB/UGent). Brussels, 26-28 May 2011.
  • ‘Italian archaeology and social history: Future directions’. Invited speaker for symposium The Archaeology of Italy: The State of the Field. Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University. Providence, 18-19 March 2011.
  • Invited discussant for international conference Gli insediamenti rurali nella Sabina e nel Sannio: un bilancio. Comitato Nazionale per le Celebrazioni del Bimillenario della Nascita di Vespasiano. Rieti, 29 June 2010.
  • ‘The impact of the largest metropolis in antiquity on investment choices: Rome, the provinces and the suburbium’. Invited speaker for conference The Dynamics of Ancient Mega-cities: Growth and Decline in the Exceptionally Large Urban Centres of the Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean. The Centre for Institutional Performance, Henley Business School and The Research Centre for Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Reading, 12 May 2010.
  • ‘Production and economic activities in Roman villas: the Italian perspective’. Invited key-note speaker for conference Villae rusticae in Roman Greece. Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity (Athens) & Archaeological Museum of Patras. Patras, 23-24 April 2010.
  • ‘Roman villas and elite ideology’. Reading Classical Association, 19 January 2010.
  • ‘Understanding the Roman economy: Pastio villatica for export and winter sailing’. Classics Research Seminar, University of Reading, 21 October 2009 .
  • ‘Wine, snails, and winter navigation’, invited speaker for the International conference Maritime Technology in the Ancient Economy: Ship-Design and Navigation. American Academy in Rome & Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. Rome, 16-17 June 2009.
  • ‘Roman urbanism, Rank-size Distribution and economic integration in the Iberian Peninsula’, invited speaker for the International Conference on Cities in Change: Decay, Destruction and Rebirth. IAS, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, 2-3 June 2009.
  • ‘Understanding the Roman economy: Winter navigation and pastio villatica for export’, invited speaker for the UK Ancient Historians' Annual Meeting - the Norman Baynes Meeting. Birmingham, 23-24 May 2009.
  • ‘Roman villas in Central Italy and their transformation in Late Antiquity’, Archaeology Seminar, Archaeology Dept., University of Reading, 15 January 2009.
  • ‘Luxus and Fructus in Roman maritime villas’, invited speaker for the International Conference Roman Villas in the Mediterranean Basin. Mishkenot Sha’ananim Research Centre. Jerusalem 16-17 December 2008.
  • ‘Agricultural production and the hinterland of Rome’, The Oxford Roman Economy Project 3rd Annual Conference on the Agricultural Economy. Oxford 3-4 October 2008.
  • ‘The data on multiple-press sites of Gaul and Iberian Peninsula: Some considerations’, The Oxford Roman Economy Project 3rd Annual Conference on the Agricultural Economy. Oxford, 3-4 October 2008.
  • ‘Agros coemendo et colendo in gloriam: Villas and farms in the Republic’, conference The Italians on the Land: Changing Perspectives Then and Now. University of Kent, 11-12 October 2008.
  • ‘Wine and escargot: ‘Small’ discoveries, important perspectives’, Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, University of South Florida. Tampa, 10-13 April 2008.
  • ‘Social practices in Republican Rome. Generals and hellenistic kings: the case of the triumphal banquet for the people’. Classical Association Annual Conference. Liverpool, 27-30 March 2008.
  • ‘Quantifying the Roman economy and City Rank Analysis: Some considerations on the Iberian Peninsula’. AREA International workshop. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 16-19 December 2007.
  • ‘City sizes and urbanization in the Roman Empire’, The Oxford Roman Economy Project 2nd Annual Conference on Settlement, Urbanization, Population. Oxford, 10 September 2007.
  • ‘Roman coins and their ‘audience’: A case study in imperial propaganda’, 137th APA Annual Meeting, Session on Roman Imperial Ideology and Economy. Montreal, 5-8 January 2006.
  • ‘Preserving cultural heritage and developing a modern city: The difficult case of Euesperides’ (co-authors A.I. Wilson and P. Bennett), 107th AIA Annual Meeting, Session on Survey and Excavation in the Greek World. Montreal, 5-8 January 2006.
  • ‘Fish salting versus fish breeding: The case of Roman Italy’, International conference Cetariae: Fish sauces and salted fish in the west during antiquity. University of Cadiz, 7-9 November 2005.
  • ‘Villas and the Roman economy: Reassessing the archaeological evidence’. Roman Discussion Forum Seminar Series, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, February 2005.
  • ‘The Roman triumph, Hercules and the banquet to the people’. 136th APA Annual Meeting, Session on Roman Society and Institutions. Boston, 7-9 January 2005.
  • ‘Villas, ergastula, and modern scholarship: The contribution of archaeology to social history or vice-versa?’, 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology. Boston, 23-26 August 2003.
  • ‘Beyond otium and luxus: Coastal villas as a metaphor of power’. Interdisciplinary symposium in Antiquity on House, Settlement, Landscape. Liverpool University, 19 May 2001.
  • ‘Beyond otium and luxus: Coastal villas as a metaphor of power’. Third Graduate Conference in the Classics on House and Home in the Greco-Roman World. Columbia University, 11 February 2001.